Best-Selling Science Writer to Discuss ‘The Invention of Nature’ at UM

March 23, 2018

Andrea WulfMISSOULA – An internationally recognized science writer and public speaker will present a lecture and seminar at the University of Montana as part of the 2017-18 President’s Lecture Series.

Andrea Wulf will speak on “The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, in the Dennison Theatre. The talk is the Brennan Guth Memorial Lecture in Environmental Philosophy, in collaboration with the Flathead Lake Biological Station.

She also will present the seminar “Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature and the Shaping of American Nation” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. the same day in Gallagher Business Building Room 123. Both events are free and open to the public.

Wulf, who was born in India, moved to Germany as a child and now lives in London. After training as a design historian at the Royal College of Art in London, she became a full-time writer. In 2013, she was the Eccles British Library Writer in Residence and is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She has written acclaimed books on the topics to be presented in the seminar and lecture.

 “The Invention of Nature” has won many awards, including the Royal Society Science Book Prize, the Royal Geographical Society’s Nessa Award, the Costa Biography Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. It was chosen as one of the The New York Times’ “10 Best Books of 2015,” and it has been published in 24 countries. It was ranked in the Top Ten Books in Germany for more than six months.

Wulf also co-presented a four-part BBC TV garden series in 2014 and appears regularly on radio and television. Her popular lectures attract large audiences in the United States and Europe. She has written articles and reviews for many newspapers, including The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic and The New York Times.

The President’s Lecture Series at UM consists of seven talks throughout the academic year on vital topics by distinguished guest speakers. For more information on the series, visit or call UM history Professor Richard Drake at 406-243-2981.


Contact: Richard Drake, UM history professor and President’s Lecture Series organizer, 406-243-2981,